QBs Trevon Boykin, Vernon Adams getting chance to impress for Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Trevon Boykin and Vernon Adams are getting a chance this weekend to pull off their best Russell Wilson impersonation.
Their similarities to Seattle’s starting quarterback are a big reason why both are part of the Seahawks rookie minicamp that started Friday.
Backup quarterback is one of the big remaining questions for Seattle this offseason. Veteran Tarvaris Jackson has served as Wilson’s backup for the past three seasons, but is a free agent and while Seattle would like to bring Jackson back it is also looking at other options.
Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks targeted Boykin and Adams for this weekend because of their skills that are similar to Wilson’s. Boykin was signed as an undrafted free agent while Adams is with Seattle on a tryout.
[According to Seahawks.com: “I’ve seen him for a couple years,” Carroll said of Boykin. “His versatility and his style of play is so similar to Russell’s. He’s got a big arm, he’s a very creative athlete, has great instincts and great vision. His ability to run and make people miss and get out of trouble is very similar to what Russell does. I thought that the opportunity to have both those guys in the same offense it gives us a chance – if it works out, we’ve got a long ways to go, if it works out – to maintain continuity with one of the backups.”
[Talking of Adams, Carroll said, “He plays much in the same kind of formula that Russell has played: mobile, playmaking, big arm, efficient.”
[Speaking of the quarterback’s time at Oregon, Carroll said, “Just recently they went about as fast as you can play and we’re a little bit different than that. So he has to show that he can adapt to that. He’s got a real nice arm and throws the ball really well — showed that today.”]
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have signed nine of their 10 draft picks, including first-round pick offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and second-round pick defensive tackle Jarran Reed.
Seattle announced the draft pick signings along with the signing of 13 undrafted rookie free agents before the start of its rookie minicamp on Friday. The only drafted player not signed is Clemson running back Zac Brooks, who was selected in the seventh round.
Seattle’s undrafted free agent signings are highlighted by Boykin, Colorado State cornerback DeAndre Elliott, Oregon defensive end Christian French, Rutgers linebacker Steve Longa, USC running back Tre Madden and Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell.